Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee

Jan 8, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.  The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.

Ken Block addresses crowd at the Statehouse rotunda.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Block’s complaint to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin charges the state Properties Committee with violating the Open Meetings Law on five occasions over the past six months by repeatedly failing to file minutes of its meetings within the 35 day window required by state law.  Block said the pattern is emblematic of a state government that is far less transparent than the one he would run if elected governor.

"It is not acceptable that we operate this committee behind and under the cloak of darkness. It is not acceptable that this committee has blatantly and openly and repeatedly violated state law," said Block.

Block said a lack of transparency contributed to the 38 Studios debacle and a recently abandoned, controversial plan to move the state probation office to downtown Providence.

In a statement released after the press conference, the director of the state Properties Committee, Ronald Renaud, said the meetings had been recorded, and were in the process of being transcribed.

He said the committee is extremely short-staffed, and was unable to to get the minutes online in a timely manner.

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